My Top Video Games: The Best of the Best

Over the past few years, I have been ranking the top 10 games on most of the systems I own. Now it is time to rank the game that I chose as number 1 game from each of these, to find out who the best of the best is! I’ve already talked about each game, so I will just attach a link to their respective original posts if you are interested in the games they beat out and such.

 

#15

Sonic & Knuckles

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Sega Genesis

Sonic Team/ Sega

1994

 

 

#14

Metroid II: Return of Samus

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Game Boy

Nintendo

1991

 

#13

Mega Man X4

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PlayStation

Capcom

1997

 

#12

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

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PC

Raven Software/ LucasArts

2003

#11

inFAMOUS

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PlayStation 3

SUCKER PUNCH/ SCEA

2009

 

#10

Super Mario Bros. 3

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NES

Nintendo

1990

 

#9

Metroid: Zero Mission

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Game Boy Advance

Nintendo

2004

 

#8

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

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DS

Alphadream Corporation/ Nintendo

2009

 

#7

Super Mario World

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SNES

Nintendo

1991

 

#6

Super Mario 3D World

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Wii U

Nintendo

2013

 

#5

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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Wii

Game Arts/ Nintendo

2008

 

 

#4

Super Smash Bros. For 3DS

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3DS

Bandai Namco Games/ Nintendo

2014

 

#3

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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N64

Nintendo

1998

#2

Kingdom Hearts II

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PlayStation 2

Square Enix

2006

 

 

#1

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

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GameCube

Intelligent Systems/ Nintendo

2004

 

 

And there you have it!

This isn’t a list of my favorite games of all time, but just my favorite game from each system.

Is This the End of Humble Bundle As We Know It?

For those who don’t know, Humble Bundle is a website that used to give you bundles every couple weeks of 10-15 games for just as many dollars, with part of the money you spend going to a charity of your choosing. Nowadays they have a huge store with some great sales usually, book bundles, software bundles, comics, all sorts of stuff.

But where have the game bundles gone?

For the longest time they have always had two different game bundles available, with a new one replacing the older of the two each week. But for the past month or two, there has not been a single game bundle put up on the site.

Now, most of these bundles are garbage. 90% of the time they are just lame indie titles, but occasionally they do have really good bundles, and I myself indulge in maybe 3 of them a year or so.

I looked forward to seeing the new bundles each week, even though they are almost always disappointing. But when I found that one I wanted, it made all those months of waiting worth it.

So, with the game bundles barren, are they strictly just going to be a game store nowadays like Steam? I certainly hope not.

While we wait for an answer to this sad question, gamers will have to go to fanatical.com for their ridiculously cheap bundles.

My Top 10 Wii U Games

Ahh…the Wii U, one of my favorite consoles of all time, and yet woefully ignored by consumers and developers alike. Some of the best games I have ever played are out on this console, and it’s hard to pick 10, but I did my best. Of the 88 games I own for the console, I have only played 69 of them. But here are the best of those ones…

 

#10

mario kart 8

Mario Kart 8

Nintendo

2014

This is one of the best in the series, with a wide array of characters, customizable carts and actually reasonably priced dlc that gives you a lot of content. I’ve played this for many, many hours. The new anti grav tracks don’t really add anything to the game, but it’s a cool idea nonetheless.

 

#9

rayman legends

Rayman Legends

Ubisoft Montpellier/ Ubisoft

2013

This is one of the best platformers I have ever played. Excellent level design, fast paced action, andjust a whole array of weird stuff going on. Tons of unlockable skins for different characters to play as, satisfying challenge. It’s just great all around.

 

#8

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Yoshi’s Wooly World

Good-Feel/ Nintendo

2015

Speaking of great platformers, this is another one. The yarn or wool world looks incredible and it’s fun how you interact with it. Finding a ton of collectables in each stage kept me playing for hours. There are so many different Yoshis to explore the incredibly clever and fun levels with and fight  the wacky bosses that fill the world.

 

#7

wonderful 101

The Wonderful 101

PlatinumGames/ Nintendo

2013

This game sadly seemed to go completely under the radar. I feel like there was no advertising at all. And this is a travesty, for it is a truly unique and excellent action game with great humor and gameplay, in the spirit of Viewitful Joe.

 

#6

smash bros 4

Super Smash Bros For Wii U

Bandai-Namco Games/ Nintendo

2014

Aside from having the coolest cover art of all time, this game comes with some truly great additions in levels and especially characters. A lot of characters got changes made to them too which is nice. There is plenty to do in this game, but getting everything is very tedious, especially farming for the newly added alternative special moves each character has. The board game single player is pretty fun. The game seems a bit lacking however, due to how big brawl was. They can only make it so much bigger. Though it is obvious they put everything they have into this game…and it’s Smash Bros…so it’s timeless fun.

 

#5

bayo2

Bayonetta 2

PlatinumGames/ Nintendo

2016

In short, this is one of the best action games ever made. Far better than the first one.

 

#4

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Super Mario Maker

Nintendo

2015

This is one of the greatest ideas of all time. Giving players the ability to create their own Mario levels with a ton of ways to do so? Wowee! You could literally play this game the rest of your life, enjoying the millions of stages others have created or just building your own. Some levels are genius, others, not so much. But one things for sure, it’s a whole lot of fun. The one downside is you can only upload 10 levels unless people “like” your levels a whole lot of times, then you can add more. If none get liked enough, they are removed from online, which kind of takes the fun out of making levels, though I see why this is necessary.

 

#3

nsmbu

New Super Mario Bros. U

Nintendo

2012

They finally stopped f’ing around with the “New” series with this game. This is the first time the platformers could really live up to the old SMW and SMB3. Super creative levels, cool new items and a huge world make this one to remember.

 

#2

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

HexaDrive/ Nintendo

2013

This remaster basically took a great game, removed all it’s flaws and turned it into one of the best Zelda games of all time.

 

#1

super_Mario_3D_World

Super Mario 3D World

Nintendo

2013

This game is simply jaw dropping. It gave us everything I could have hoped for. The cat suit is strangely awesome, the levels, gameplay, 4 playable characters…all just incredible.

 

There you have it…10 incredible games among a whole library of them.

Metroid 5…Will It Ever Happen?

What is the deal with the Metroid series? Why does it never get any love?

I’ve read it’s really only popular in the west…or is it Japan? One of them it does really well, the other side of the world not so much.

But regardless, it still has to make Nintendo quite a bit of money, so what the heck?

Is the awesome gameplay, great atmosphere, fun exploration and item collecting just not worth anybody’s time? What makes this more frustrating is that there have been about 10,000 “metroidvania” games that have come out in the last 10 years, which is how long ago we got the last Metroid game…besides a remake.

But that is annoying too. I have Samus Returns, I haven’t played it yet, but I can’t wait to when I finally get around to it. But we are in a world where we get just as many remakes or remasters as we do new games.

When Metroid Prime 4 was announced last year, I was super excited, but when that 4 popped up on the “trailer” my first thought was that it was a remake of Metroid Fusion. That is when I realized that I am conditioned now to expect remakes over new games.

And did we really need Metroid Prime 4? That series closed out nicely. Why not go onto a different story line? I love the first person take and would love to see more games in that style, but I would also like to see more third person games like Other M, except done better this time around, and I absolutely would love some more sidescrollers.

The whole time we had the DS and 3DS, we got one game for each, Metroid Prime Hunters, one of the worst in the series, and Metroid II: Samus Returns. But isn’t anyone curious what happens to Samus after Fusion? That had such a cool story line; I couldn’t wait to see where they took it from there. Trouble is, we’ve been waiting almost 20 years to see what happens. And that is simply unacceptable.

I am giving myself false hope that they will release a Metroid 5 alongside Prime 4 like they did with Fusion and the first Prime game all those years ago.

But then again, who knows? Maybe Prime 4 takes place after Fusion and not between Prime 3 and Metroid II, like I assume?

But they need to give us a new sidescrolling adventure for sure. Zero Mission was the last I have played, and it was mind blowing…and again…that was a remake. Probably the best remake of all time…but still.

Just for kicks, look at how spread out the release dates are.

1986

1991

1994

2 in 2002

3 in 2004

2007

2010

2017.

Those are the years of the mainline games. The oughts were a great decade, the success of Metroid Prime and Fusion probably pushing them to make more. But it all stopped with the not so great Other M. Hopefully Prime 4 will push us into another great decade…the 20’s being full of Metroid games!

My Top Ten Wii Games

I did not realize how many good games are on this console until I looked at everything I have.

Ahh…the good ol’ Wii. Terrible name, but man did it get people excited. It took me over a year to actually get one for it was selling like crazy. But anywho, when I finally did manage to get my hands on one, I have been building up a library that now consists of 69 games…though I have only played 59, so actually not too bad compared to most of my other systems. There are a lot of games I want to put on this list, but these are the 10 I came up with.

 

#10

Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition

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Capcom, 2007

 

I played the crap out of the Gamecube game, so when an improved version came out, I was all over it. Still a great game. The motion controls made it so much more satisfying as well.

#9

New Super Mario Bros Wii

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Nintendo, 2009

 

While still not nearly as good as SMB 3 or World, this is an excellent platformer that is way better than the first in the “new” series.

 

#8

Kirby’s Return to Dreamland

Kirbys_return_to_dreamland_boxart

HAL Labs/ Nintendo, 2011

Kirby was hit or miss for me, I really only liked the old game boy games for the most part. Just as I thought they were done making good games for the series, I bought this and was completely blown away. I believe this to be my favorite game in the series.

 

#7

Mario Kart Wii

mario kart wii

Nintendo, 2008

I have always loved Mario Kart, but none as much as this. I played the fudge out of this game. I did everything you could possibly do in it and I got really stinking good at it. Alas, I haven’t played it in years and am terrible now…

 

#6

Xenoblade Chronicles

xenoblade

Monolith Soft/ Nintendo, 2012

I had never heard of the Xeno series before this. I thought it looked cool and then suddenly it became super rare and prices online were enormous. I happened to come across it at a GameStop in the middle of nowhere and bought it for the heck of it.

I was blown away. When I thought I was 10 hours in, I was 30. I beat it in 67 hours which felt like maybe 25-30 hours. I just got lost in the story, characters, environments and gameplay. Absolutely superb game.

 

#5

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

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Nintendo, 2007

 

This game is phenomenal. The Wii controls make you really feel like you are in Samus’ armor. Great environments, new items and cool boss fights make this one to remember.

 

#4

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

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Nintendo, 2011

 

As shown in my series ranked of Zelda games, this is my favorite game in the series (of the ones I have played). Once you mastered the motion controls, the gameplay was quite satisfying. I liked the setting and story of the game quite a bit as well.

 

#3

Super Mario Galaxy 2

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Nintendo, 2010

What a magnificent game. So creative and fun. This was a big surprise when they announced it. The fact that they make a sequel just to throw in all the ideas they couldn’t fit into the first game is just awesome. This leads us to #2…

 

#2

Super Mario Galaxy

SuperMarioGalaxy

Nintendo, 2007

This game is better than the 2nd only because it was a brand new idea and was just insane fun from beginning to end. I literally could not stop playing it. I got all stars for Mario and then immediately did the same for Luigi, which 100% games is something I never take the time to do, especially back to back like that. I just love this game so much.

 

And my favorite game for the Nintendo Wii is…

 

#1

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

smash brawl

Game Arts/ Nintendo, 2008

 

I love this series ridiculously. This is actually the first game I ever preordered. I got to a mall 2 hours before it opened just to be first in line to get the game too…which was a little silly, but whatever. I took it home and have not stopped playing it since. This is the first game in the series that really showed us what the franchise could be. Tons of different modes, crazy stages that you had to watch out for just as much as the characters you are fighting…and a huge roster of said characters and stages. A full blown single player campaign, which stunk but still…and to top it off it gave me nearly all of my most wanted characters at the time.

 

 

Nintendo eShop Prices Must Come Way Down If They Ever Hope To Compete

I love the Switch. I especially love that it’s getting like every game ever ported to it. But if Nintendo ever hopes to bolster software sales, they’ve got to do something about their prices.

I would prefer to buy all my games possible on Switch, just as I always tried to do with Wii U, because these consoles typically offer an opportunity to play these games in a unique way you can’t find anywhere else.

But I don’t see how Nintendo can hope to compete when Sony are constantly running huge sales, and more unbelievably low prices can be found on PC with Steam, Humble Bundle, and a plethora of other DRM’s or sites that make a habit of not only selling games at ridiculously low prices that people can actually afford, but also giving away free games.

Many games that I wanted to get for Switch I wound up getting for PC, because they are always on sale for like 3-10 dollars, versus Switch prices which on sale will still be over $20.

In fact there is a game on Switch on sale for $40 right now that I want. But the near identical version for PC is a mere $5.24.

It’s hard to justify holding out for the Switch prices to drop when I can get them for next to nothing on PC consistently.

So help us out, and really, yourselves too by dropping some of these abysmal prices.

My Top 10 Super Nintendo Games

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System…what a console. This has so many incredible titles on it, it is hard to pick 10 without feeling guilty, but 10 I must choose!

I have 52 games for the wonderful console, and have played 44 of them. So here are the 10 that made it on top!

#10- Donkey Kong Country

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Rare Ltd./ Nintendo, 1994

I remember the first time I saw this game. It was at my cousin’s house. Just from watching him, I was in awe. Never had a game looked so real or so fun. And when he let me play it, I was even more awestruck. I still get that feeling playing it over 20 years later.

#9- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble

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Rare Ltd./ Nintendo, 1996

This game changed the DKC formula while also keeping it almost exactly the same. You had to find parts in the levels to access new levels, there were many different enemies and allies, and Kranky was playing an N64, which was most awesome. It is easily one of the best platformers out there.

 

#8- Mega Man X2

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Capcom, 1995

This just takes the brilliance of the first game and expands upon it. Starting off with the dash ability is also fantastic!

#7- Mega Man X3

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Capcom, 1996

This game expands upon it’s predecessor in more ways than anyone would have anticipated. So many new items to collect, the coolest looking armor with some of the best abilities in the series. Oh and Zero…YOU GET TO PLAY AS ZERO!!! This game is just a masterpiece no matter how you slice it.

 

#6- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

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Nintendo, 1995

I remember watching the ridiculously awesome commercial where a guy just keeps eating until he explodes. But the game itself is incredible. A completely awesome spinoff from the traditional Mario games, you take control of Yoshi with baby Mario riding you. The concept is amazing and incredibly fun as you go from level to level, playing as different Yoshis, eating bad guys, throwing eggs, and a whole slew of tricks Yoshi could never do before. Yoshi was my favorite character in Super Mario World, and to have him basically get his own game and play as all the Yoshi colors from Super Mario World along with a bunch of new ones was a dream come true.

#5- Illusion of Gaia

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Quintet/ Nintendo, 1994

This game is incredible. The gameplay is awesome, especially since you can turn into 3 different people. You learn cool upgrades and powers, the story and character development is exceptional, especially for the time. The use of real world places to tell a fictional story is also amazing. And like all the games on this list so far, it has incredible music.

 

#4- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

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Rare Ltd./ Nintendo, 1995

The gameplay, the music, the character design, the improvements, the way better animal friends, the level design, everything is flawless. I would probably put this in the top 5 greatest platformers to ever exist. Diddy and Dixie are probably my favorite duo of all times.

#3- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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Nintendo, 1992

This game does what the original game did. Unleash a massive world crammed with secrets, enemies and items beyond which the world has ever seen. There is so much to do in this game it is insane. I still don’t think I’ve ever found everything. From the first epic minute, to the last, this game just fills you with joy.

#2- Super Metroid

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Intelligent Systems/ Nintendo, 1994

This game showed us what a non linear platformer could be. The game is perfect. The atmosphere, the music, the gameplay, the incredible items and boss fights. It’s all here. I have beaten this game probably around 100 times. I love it dearly.

 

#1- Super Mario World

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Nintendo, 1991

As far as I’m concerned, the first game out on the system is also the best. This game is huge. Every level is packed with all sorts of fun things to keep you busy for hours. All the addicting items, the countless hidden pathways that take you through a diverse and clever world map, the ridiculous changes beating the Star Road ensue, the game is just perfect and has kept me entertained for nearly 30 years.

Well there you have it, 10 of the best games ever made, all from one of the best consoles ever made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is A Good Lock-On Target System In Video Games Really That Hard To Accomplish?

Think about it. Think of all the games that use a lock on mechanic. Starting from like Ocarina of Time to pretty much every action game since. The worst part is…Ocarina of Time is probably one of the better systems out there.

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Seriously. How many games have you played where the lock-on system is more a frustration than anything? If you have multiple enemies in view or in the room, you will most likely lock on to the one you want to target the least, probably some enemy barely on screen and so far away that none of your attacks have the slightest chance to hit him. You can try to change the target, say, to the enemy standing right next to you or in front of you, and you will painfully lock onto anything but that one you desperately want to kill as it’s wailing on you, steadily taking down your life.

There are dozens of games that have this problem, but I can’t think of many off the top of my head. But if I went through my games, rest assured I could pick out quite a few.

The first one I can think of is Kingdom Hearts. The lock on system suffers from the problems I just described. It’s so bad that the only time I use it is on a boss or highly mobile enemy when all the others are dead. This way the camera will follow your target.

Thankfully this is remedied sort of by the fact that you don’t need to lock onto enemies, because when you attack, the character will automatically attack something you are facing instead of just swinging the keyblade pointlessly. This is especially helpful in the later games, when something is far away, you will do a crazy jumping attack to reach them.

But two of the worst games I can think of that I have played recently are Hyrule Warriors and Megaman Legends 2.

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Hyrule Warriors, you try to lock onto something nearby, and you will end up targeting something halfway across the battlefield. You press the button to switch targets, and it will bounce around to the four least desired enemies you want to target, constantly going back to the initial first target you didn’t want to begin with. Sometimes you have to scroll through these enemies four times before it finally locks onto the enemy right in front of you. I believe there are other frustrations out of this, but I haven’t played it in like a year, but I know I was always cursing at the abysmal system.

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Megaman Legends 2, I have to say, has the absolute worst lock-on system I have ever seen. This is not a hard game, honestly, almost every time I died was because of the lock on system.

The game claims it will lock onto the closest enemy. This is simply not true. You lock onto anything it feels like. To switch targets, you have to release the lock-on button and press it again until you get the target you are searching for.

This effect also happens every time you get hit. When you take damage, you stop targeting for a moment, despite still holding the button. When you recover, he locks onto a new target as if you intended to switch targets. You will even target things in different rooms or through walls. Many times in the cheap, annoying game, you will be surrounded by enemies out of nowhere, or get attacked immediately by a swarm of them the moment you walk into a room. You try to fight, but you are constantly getting hit, switching targets rapidly so that your view is spinning all over, all the while being bounced around, unable to move, and before you know it you are dead.

And if enemies have a projectile that you can lock onto, like a missile, then you better pray you don’t get hit. There are some enemies that you fight that constantly shoot missiles that fly all around. All you want to do is shoot the missile spewing guys, but can’t because there are tons of little guys jumping into you, and then your targeting bounces around to all the missiles, not the little guys hitting you or the missile launching a-hole standing directly in front of you. After a vomit inducing camera ride, you are dead.

Yes, Legends 2 absolutely takes the cake when it comes to bad targeting systems. If that is the reason you are getting killed in a game, then you know it is a complete failure.

Kingdom Hearts Series Ranked

In celebration of the extremely long awaited Kingdom Hearts III (it’s hard to believe it’s nearly here) I am going to rank all the games from worst to best in my opinion. I will just be listing the base games, not all the Re:this or that or Final Mix versions and compilation games.

So without further ado, here we go!

 

*UPDATE 2/8/19* Added Kingdom Hearts III to list.

#10

Kingdom Hearts Unchained X

2016, Mobile

Times Beaten- N/A

This is a mobile phone game where you collect and upgrade medals of characters from Kingdom Hearts, Disney, and Final Fantasy. You use these medals to perform special attacks. The more powerful you become, the more quests you can take on and the more rewards you will reap. It is a never ending soul sucking game, but I continue to play it everyday…such is my devotion to Kingdom Hearts. For a free to play game, the devs are extremely generous in giving you a lot of stuff, and overall, it’s probably the best mobile game out there.

#9

Kingdom Hearts .2 Birth By Sleep

– A fragmentary passage-

2017, PlayStation 4

Times Beaten- 1

This is a brand new entry included in Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (rolls right off the tongue) that takes place right after Birth By Sleep and uncovers a lot of mysteries leading up to Kingdom Hearts 1. Well some mysteries anyway.

This is actually a fantastic game, which really gives us a taste of what to expect from Kingdom Hearts III. The only reason it is so low on the list is because of how short it is (less than 3 hours).

#8

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

GameBoy Advanced, 2004- PlayStation 2, 2008

Times Beaten- GBA 2, PS2, 2

This, gameplay wise, is not very fun. The game itself is very long, especially with the Riku story. It wouldn’t be so bad if the card system was better, but it is so annoying to have your cards broken all the time, making the game very grindy and monotonous. The story is very interesting however, which makes it all worth it, taking place immediately after the first game.

#7

Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded

DS, 2011

Times Beaten- 1

Taking place right after KH2, this takes us on a very unusual journey with some rather differentish gameplay. I wasn’t all that crazy about this one, and the story did little for the overall arc.

#6

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

DS, 2009

Times Beaten- 2

This is where the games really start to get incredible. This varies the gameplay up a bit, having you run missions for Organization XIII. There’s an awesome multiplayer where you can play as all the members, and the story, which takes place during the later end of 1, all of CoM and leads directly into 2, fills in a whole lot of confusing things that occur during CoM and especially 2. And the game is incredibly fun to boot!

#5

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

3DS, 2012

Times Beaten- 2

Taking place after Re:Coded, this one takes us right up into KH3. The gameplay is quite good, the story rather mindblowing, and the dream eaters…meh…Fortunately the game is so stinking fun it’s easy to forget about the constant care of those needy creatures. And for the first time, you switch off between playing as Sora and Riku, which is most welcome.

#4

Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep

PlayStation Portable, 2010

Times Beaten- 4

I have easily put the most time into this game. Taking place like 10 years before the first game, you play as 3 wannabe keyblade masters and experience how each of them is set on a different path that leads to nowhere good. The story, gameplay, and skill customization is wonderful. This is the reason I bought a PSP and have no regrets.

#3

Kingdom Hearts

PlayStation 2, 2002

Times Beaten- Around 5

I can still remember playing this for the first time after refusing to have any interest in it for over a year. When my brother convinced me to play it, I fell in love immediately. The story gripped me so, the Disney characters were awesome, seeing them kill stuff was even more awesome.

As far as gameplay goes, this has some of the worst in the series, but it still holds up enough. It was the first in the series so it gets a break. It’s still a great game and one I still get excited about playing.

#2

Kingdom Hearts II

PlayStation 2, 2005

Times Beaten- Around 4

This is by far and away the best game in the series. The gameplay is absolutely perfect. There are so many abilities to use that keep it fresh, but even just mashing the X button is highly satisfying. The story is as wonderful as ever, leaving us all dying to see what happens next, until Re: Coded came out that is. This is definitely a masterpiece to go down in history.

#1

Kingdom Hearts III

PlayStation 4, 2019

Times Beaten- 1

The conclusion to the Xehanort saga, this game focuses on Sora and company looking for all the other characters that have had relevance in the series. It’s a fun ride, with interesting connections and reasoning for going to each world, whether it be a clever connection to the world itself or the characters themselves. There are less worlds, but they are much, much bigger.

The best part of this game is that it takes the gameplay of KH2, and just makes it better, with all sorts of wild attacks and transformations that are awesome looking, on top of being powerful. I couldn’t stop playing the game. It is so much fun and so diverse. Well worth the wait!

And that’s it!

If you have never played these games, I highly recommend getting the story so far compilation and prepare to have your mind blown with exceptional gameplay and a crazy, amazing story.

I Must Contest The Term “Metroidvania”

Metroidvania, for those who don’t know, refers to any video game that resembles the basic formula/ set up of your basic old school Metroid or Castlevania title. More specifically, any non-linear platformer that has an emphasis on item collecting, traversing with the use of a map if needed, exploring, unlocking secrets with your new items to open new paths or find more items…etc. That’s basically the gist of a Metroidvania game.

My issue with this term comes from this…Castlevania basically ripped this formula from Metroid. So wouldn’t it just be considered a Metroid-like game?

Now I haven’t played many of the older Castlevania titles. I played 1-4, and then Symphony of the Night only like a year ago (as far as the older ones go). That is when I realized why people had been saying “Metroidvania” for so long. The game was set up just like Super Metroid, except you use a sword. So the only reason I can see “vania” being tagged on is for games that use close ranged weapons rather than a gun.

I don’t know, it’s really not relevant in the slightest, but hey, I thought I’d just point it out. It’s almost like Castlevania is riding on the coat tails of Metroid’s more successful type of platforming, not that Castlevania needed any help I guess…